Interviews

Chicago

Kayne Grau of DRIVIN on Disrupting the Used Car Market With Data

By | Mar 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Kayne Grau is a cofounder and CEO of DRIVIN, a startup changing the way used car dealers source their used-car inventory. Before founding DRIVIN, Kayne was the CTO at Cars.com. Using proprietary technology and actionable local market data, DRIVIN sells, sources, acquires, and …

Interviews

Chicago

Canh Tran of Rippleshot on Machine Learning, Fintech, and the Future of Payments

By | Mar 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Canh Tran is the CEO and cofounder of Rippleshot, a startup that detects payment card data breaches. They take a big-data machine learning approach, more common in search, genetics and advertising, and apply it in a novel way for the payment processing industry to help…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Data-Driven Small Business Lending with George Souri of LQD Finance

By | Feb 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

George Souri is the founder and CEO of LQD Business Finance, a startup providing quick, convenient, and affordable financing to small and medium-sized businesses that are traditionally underbanked. LQD is leveraging data to offer business loans in the $250,000 to $3 million …

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Sparking Conversations One Shoe at a Time with Raaja Nemani of Bucketfeet

By | Feb 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Raaja Nemani is the cofounder and CEO of Bucketfeet, a footwear startup that collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes. The idea began in Argentina when Aaron Firestein gave Raaja a pair of hand-designed canvas shoe inspired by the city …

Coworking spaces

Chicago

5 Relationships You’ll Form at a Coworking Space

By | Feb 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

While many entrepreneurs are lone wolves, the value of making connections in the business world cannot be understated. Whether it’s at networking events or at the office, forming relationships is the best way to set yourself up for success. Fortunately, when you’re …

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Secrets to Building A Startup with Logan LaHive of Techstars Chicago

By | Feb 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

Being obsessed with startups is something Logan LaHive, the new managing director at Techstars Chicago, is willing to admit. “I’ve always been involved in a startup and sort of obsessed with startups and technology. My heroes, and the people I’ve looked up to, have…

Coworking spaces

Chicago

6 Benefits to Setting Up Your Startup in a Coworking Space

By | Jan 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm

With technology exploding and skill sets broadening, the remote work revolution is in full swing. Not only are millennial employees reveling in the flexibility of working from home, they’re also enjoying the chance to showcase their skills without moving to larger cities. And …

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Troy Henikoff of Techstars Chicago on Great Pitches and Transforming Startups

By | Jan 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Troy Henikoff is the managing director at Techstars Chicago, a managing director at MATH Venture Partners, and a professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. If you haven’t heard of Troy yet, he is one of the biggest figures …

Automotive

Chicago

CarAdvise Founder Greg Tepas on Building A Marketplace

By | Jan 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The check engine light starts to blink and your heart sinks. A trip to the mechanic is in your future. What else do I have to fix in this car and how much will it cost? Finding a trustworthy mechanic that charges a fair…

Startups & Apps

Chicago

Rob Royer, Founder of Interior Define, On Building Trust With Customers

By | Jan 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Buying furniture for a home comes with it’s own sticker shock. Add in a custom-made couch and the price alone could make your heart stop. Well, one founder decided that he was done with the outrageous cost of nice furniture and cut out the middlemen. Rob…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Oars + Alps Founders On Building The Warby Parker of Men’s Skincare

By | Jan 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The beauty and cosmetic industry was expected to exceed $62 billion for 2016 and skincare was the largest chunk in the global market, according to a report by MarketResearch.com. Men and women around the world are looking for that ultimate facial cream that will smooth out…

Opinion/Analysis

Chicago

A Surprisingly Apt Comparison Between Entrepreneurship and Comedy

By | Jan 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

While being the senior writer at Tech.Co is a dream come true, my passion for stand up comedy has been years in the making. In 2009, I stepped in front of a crowd of approximately 250 people and fumbled through a set that I…

Gear & Gadgets

Chicago

Tanvas Lets You Feel Guitar Strings on Your Device

By | Jan 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Whether it be an Apple Watch alerting you with a pulse about an upcoming meeting or a smartphone vibrating to inform you of an incoming message, technology is often used to create the virtual sense of touch. While this sensation happens primarily through a smooth piece of…

Interviews

Chicago

SpotHero’s Mark Lawrence on Building a Marketplace Business

By | Jan 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Whether you’re in a big city or a small town, parking is the worst. Fortunately, someone is trying to do something about it. Mark Lawrence is as the CEO and cofounder of SpotHero, an on-demand parking app and website that makes life easier for drivers by…

Gear & Gadgets

Chicago

Cubii Helps You Pedal Faster Towards Your Health Resolutions [Review]

By | Dec 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Everyone knows that exercise, and sleep are daily necessities. As entrepreneurs and professionals, it’s not always easy to find a healthy balance of work and life. We sit for hours at a time, wake up too early, over do it on the coffee, and…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Shaily Baranwal of Elevate K-12 & Classblox on The Future Of Education

By | Dec 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

With a passion for k-12 education, Shaily Baranwal, CEO and founder of Elevate K-12 and Classblox, has helped provides digital instruction and online resources to millions of at-risk students across the US for a reasonable price. Since launching in 2008, Elevate K-12 has …

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Jeff Judge of Bright on Building the Future of Business Intelligence

By | Dec 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Everyone is looking for success in the startup world. But with out the proper metrics, it can be impossible to figure out what’s working and what’s not. Fortunately, there are people out there looking to give you all the insight you need to succeed….